Education & Training

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Schedule at-a-glance
A list of courses offered by NADCA in chronological order.

Course Descriptions
A list of courses taught at NADCA and in-plant classes. Click on each course to view the description containing information regarding textbooks, materials used and other.

Certification Program
A complete text featuring what steps are necessary to attain Certification from NADCA. Course electives and requirements are listed.

Biographies and photographs of individuals who instruct NADCA's courses and in-plant conferences. An excellent introduction to the caliber of people NADCA utilizes for its education programs.

Local Courses
There are NADCA education and training chapters located throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Chapters are an extension of NADCA's education and training, and most offer selected NADCA national courses and programs locally . . . thus, expanding the technology transfer opportunities for every die caster. Chapters also offer a range of other technological and operational education programs specifically selected and tailored to the needs of die casters and suppliers in their chapter areas.

In-Plant Programs
All NADCA programs, courses and installations can be brought to the worksite for presentation. The cost in savings and scheduling advantages can be substantial!

In-House Programs
NADCA is now offering the "In-House Training Program for Operators and Technicians!" The In-House approach responds to the need of die casters to have control of the schedule, content and cost of training. It is a multi-module program that is highly cost-effective.

Upcoming Courses & Webinars

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  • August 13 2020
    Developing a Better Performance Refractory 08/13/2020 The liquid metal preparation involves many events such as furnace melting, transfer ladle, holding furnace and ladle delivery. All these detailed events involve a refractory material interface with the liquid aluminum. This course will review the recent research into refractory materials. The goals of this research are to reduce furnace cleaning, have less dross generation in the furnace, reduce downtime, repair and replacement cost of an aluminum furnace by increasing the life of the refractory materials. During this course we will review the chemical reactions that aluminum has on the materials that make up the refractory materials. By understanding the reactivity of these interactions, the die caster will be able to better specify the linings to be used in the breakdown and holding furnaces used to hold molten aluminum. Better refractory life and less wear of the refractory lining means better profitability for the die casting industry. Add to Calendar
  • August 20 2020
    Die Casting Safety: Lockout / Tagout 08/20/2020 Lock Out / Tag Out (LOTO) is a safety process that ensures a machine is in a zero energy state to protect anyone working in or around a hazardous area. This course will use OSHA regulations to talk about when LOTO is required. It will also discuss the basic procedure for locking out an energy source so that work can be performed in a hazardous area. After which the correct procedure will need to be used to reenergize the machine for operation. Add to Calendar
  • August 25 2020
    Practical Applications of CT Scanning 08/25/2020 Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • August 26 2020
    Basic Approach To Process Control 08/26/2020 This covers the traditional methods of controlling the process and what feedback you use to control it. It then expands on this and shows the usefulness of some simple math terms. It allows the company to see how stable their company is in from day-to-day. It then looks at the causes of variation from that stability and how to solve the three most common causes Add to Calendar
  • August 27 2020
    Intermediate Approach To Process Control 1 08/27/2020 This expands on the Basic Approach by using the basic math terms to gain a Process Capability Analysis for the plant, it uses this to explain how to get process control. It covers how you know if your process is out of control. Finally it goes over the various methods of controlling the process (set and forget, continuous display and Statistical Process Control) Add to Calendar
  • September 1 2020
    Intermediate Approach To Process Control 2 09/01/2020 After Intermediate 1, this follows on to explain the various Bell curves and what they mean, it explains that the tolerances of the product are from the customer but the tolerances on the PROCESS are your decision. It covers how you define “A good process” and how to make the measurements real. It gives examples of using SPC on various shot parameters, it then covers short term and long term drifts. Add to Calendar
  • September 2 2020
    Advanced Approach To Process Control 1 09/02/2020 In this we define what variables we have control of and what impact this has on the many variables that we can’t directly control. This then covers the measurements that should be taken and the great care in choosing the right variables to measure. This data is then used in two ways, * Historical- what was measured in the past and how can the company gain the best information. * Planned Trials- what is available to let the company carry out a multi variable experiment and gain the best advantage for future production. Add to Calendar
  • September 3 2020
    Advanced Approach To Process Control 2 09/03/2020 This final webinar brings it all together. It covers planning a trial for both parameters that are changed and variables that are measured. It goes through a DoE approach to show the power of the method. Examples are given of real trials that enabled a very defined set process parameters to be reached. This impacted strongly on achieving an operating window that enabled a stable, low reject production of difficult parts. Using examples from real life trials should assist the die caster to apply these methods in their own plant. Add to Calendar
  • September 8 2020
    Simplified Approach To Designing Cooling Of Dies 09/08/2020 Many people believe that it is very difficult to design the cooling for a die and instead use experience. This first course shows that a good estimate can be made with minimal math. It goes through the way this was developed and then gives examples of designing the cooling for some castings. This is a rapid and reasonably accurate approach for die casters and tool designers with minimal time. Add to Calendar
  • September 9 2020
    Intermediate Approach To Designing Cooling of Dies 09/09/2020 This will look at where the Simplified Approach formulae came from. It will take a more mathematical approach to the problem and include more variables, such as metal temperature. This will also look at more complex parts and work out how you calculate the cooling for castings with complex cores. Add to Calendar
  • September 10 2020
    Advanced Approach To Designing Cooling of Dies 09/10/2020 In this course there are more advanced details on cooling. Namely: -Transient effects due to Thermal Diffusivity -Cooling of runners and biscuit to reduce shrinkage effects - How a fountain/bubbler works -The use of jet cooling and why it works, plus strengths and weaknesses - Oil cooling/heating of dies - Combining oil and water in one die and why we would do this - Changing the heat transfer within a die Add to Calendar
  • September 15 2020
    Die Spray and Bringing It All Together 09/15/2020 This final course covers the approach to die spray and how to bring that into the design. It then gives an example where all the facets of the die are brought together as a demonstration. It will give an example that covers general cooling, specific or spot cooling, oil heating, jet cooling and die spray. Add to Calendar
  • September 16 2020
    State of the Die Casting Industry 09/16/2020 This course will look at the state of the die casting industry in North America. It will review earlier forecasts and provide forecasts for the remainder of this year and next year. This course addresses refrorm and regulations, end markets served, new market opportunities and research in die casting. Add to Calendar
  • September 17 2020
    Implementation of Technologies - NADCA R&D Highlight 09/17/2020 Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • September 22 2020
    SMED Motivation and Concept 09/22/2020 Die set ups in under 10 minutes. This is the concept that is SMED. Why is this a worthy goal? How could it ever be possible? In this part, the motivation and approach to SMED will be covered. Also, time will focus on understanding internal and external operations. Attendees will be given strategies for timing and recording current setup practices. Later webinar portions will cover how to analyze the recorded setup data. Add to Calendar
  • September 23 2020
    SMED the Systematic Approach 09/23/2020 4 steps make up the SMED approach. This webinar will focus on describing the 4 steps. Strategies and examples will be given for each of the four steps. Analysis tools will be described to help attendees implement these 4 steps in their continuous improvements of die setup times. Add to Calendar
  • September 24 2020
    SMED Analyzing and Improving 09/24/2020 This final webinar in the series will cover specific strategies that can quickly start your plant on the path to faster setups. Concepts of 5 s and waste elimination will be covered. Also using the 5 why' and spaghetti diagrams. All these concepts will be introduced to provide tools for successful implementation of the SMED concept. Add to Calendar
  • September 29 2020
    Types of Steel and Production Steel Processes 09/29/2020 Learn about Steel Types and the specific uses of each type. Learn about various steels used for the construction of die cast dies. Overview of Steel Production processes including the P-ESR process, steel testing methodologies and Stress-Strain mechanical properties of steel. Add to Calendar
  • September 30 2020
    Steel Structure and Phase Diagrams 09/30/2020 Learn about the crystalline structures of materials and the Iron-Carbon Phase Diagram. Learn how to read phase diagrams and the transformation from Liquid steel to the various types of steel phases. Learn how the cooling and quench rates effect the final steel formation and its mechanical properties. Add to Calendar
  • October 1 2020
    Steel Heat Treatment Processes and Improving Die LifeSteel H 10/01/2020 Learn about the crystalline structures of materials and the Iron-Carbon Phase Diagram. Learn how to read phase diagrams and the transformation from Liquid steel to the various types of steel phases. Learn how the cooling and quench rates effect the final steel formation and its mechanical properties. Add to Calendar
  • October 6 2020
    Coatings Part 1 10/06/2020 Coming soon Add to Calendar
  • October 7 2020
    Coatings Part 2 10/07/2020 Coming soon Add to Calendar
  • October 8 2020
    COVID Training 10/08/2020 Coming Soon Add to Calendar
  • November 3 2020
    Additive Update Part 1 11/03/2020 Coming soon Add to Calendar
  • November 4 2020
    Additive Update Part 2 11/04/2020 Coming soon Add to Calendar
  • November 10 2020
    Overview and Application of Structural Die Castings 11/10/2020 Part one will review the current applications and products that use structural aluminum and magnesium die castings. Within these applications there have been other developments of joining that have made this possible. This will also review the joining technologies that have the ability to join multiple die castings and efficiently replace multiple steel stampings. Add to Calendar
  • November 11 2020
    Aluminum Die Casting Alloys for Structural Applications 11/11/2020 Part two will overview the current alloys being used and the newest developments in alloys. It will focus on the makeup of the alloy, the mechanical properties needed for the structural castings and how these alloys have been developed to support the mechanical needs of the industry. Add to Calendar
  • November 12 2020
    Aluminum Die Cast Process for High Integrity Structural All 11/12/2020 Part three will review the die cast process used to produce structural die castings. The process needs to produce castings with little to zero porosity. Once the castings are made using the developed structural alloys, the parts are die cast using a high vacuum process. The parts are then heat treated and aged using a T6/T7 process. With this review a clearer understanding of the die cast process used will be gained. Add to Calendar
  • November 18 2020
    Die Lubricants: Fundamentals 11/18/2020 This course will go through the fundamentals of die casting lubricants. The course starts with the basics of the conventional use of external lubrication and cooling of die cast dies. The methods of spray application and the reason lube is applied to die casting dies. The function, chemistry, care and maintenance of the lubricants is reviewed. The spray section ends with review of potential defects caused by variation in spray application. For each defect, solutions to resolve those defects are taught. Add to Calendar
  • November 19 2020
    Die Lubricants: Pulse Spray, Electrostatic Spray and Plunger 11/19/2020 The application and background of pulse spray is reviewed. Actual Case Studies are reviewed on the application of pulse spray in two die casting facilities. Electrostatic Spray - The basic principles of electrostatic spray are reviewed. The application of electrostatic spray is demonstrated. Plunger Lubrication - The function, chemistry and application of plunger lubricants are reviewed. This webinar also reviews the effect on quality of die cast parts if the plunger application is not closely controlled. Add to Calendar
  • December 1 2020
    Understanding Mechanical Property Variations in Die Castings 12/01/2020 Some of the most frequently asked questions are Why do properties vary within a casting? and Why are the properties in casting different than published data for separately cast test bars? In this course NADCA's President, Steve Udvardy will address these questions as well as the impact of alloy chemistry and solidification rate on mechanical properties. Add to Calendar


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